Sunday, August 16, 2015

Observations of the Washington Redskins Vs Cleveland Browns Preseason Game


    Hail Redskins Nation!!!!! Football season is finally upon us with the start of the 2015 preseason. After re-watching the game to fully observe Robert Griffin III and his progression in becoming a complete NFL quarterback, I feel like he's only going to get better as the season progresses.
The development of RGIII is crucial to his success and
ultimately the Redskins also.
The injury bug has hit the team big time especially at one specific position, tight ends. Niles Paul out for the season wit a dislocated ankle and fractured leg, Logan Paulsen is set to have season ending toe surgery for turf toe and Jordan Reed is well...Jordan Reed. Fans have been calling for the re-signing of Chris Cooley. My personal feeling is that any extended time out of the NFL has helped no one. Now if he was still playing, then possibly I might have given him a shot. Since he's been broadcasting since he left the team, I honestly can't see the team signing him. Here's my observations by position group (with so many bodies in training camp) :

Quarterback:  With all three quarterbacks staying turnover free and for the most part stayed clean, I like the way all three played. Looked like they had control of the playbook, knew where the ball has to go and got it out quickly for the most part. Besides the one drop by Pierre on the first series, the offense looked somewhat smooth and efficient. For the first game of the preseason, I felt good about most of what I saw.

Mack Brown running hard, fighting for extra
yards and punishing defenders at the same time.

Running Back: With thr departure of Roy Helu Jr. (Oakland via free agent) I wasn't too sure about the position. After watching this game and even losing Silas Redd Jr. to a season ending knee injury, this backfield is deep and talented. Even though all Alfred Morris's backups have limited to no NFL experience, once they got in the game they were determined to show that they belong in the NFL. They all ran physical, tough and with a purpose.

Wide Receiver: Once again we are deep at this position during the preseason. Looking for that unknown game changer to help make this offense become more potent and deadly. With DeSean Jackson sidelined with a sprained AC joint, the WR corp still looked effective without its biggest deep threat. The X factor is the rookie Jamison Crowder out of Duke. He's impressed in camp so far but a slight hamstring injury kept him out vs Cleveland. The team says he should be available this week.

Tight End: Already spoke about the injury situation. Too many injuries to even give any type of observation, other then get bodies in camp as soon as possible. Jordan Reed is gonna have to step it up big time this season by stay healthy and finally becoming the consistent playmaker the team needs him to be. (Update as of 5;50pm 8/16/15) The team has signed D.J. Williams after a workout. At 6 ft 2 inches 245 lbs he has good size, he was with Tampa bay last season but didn't get on the field.

The no. 5 pick feels more comfortable at RG to start his career.
Which could be good for him and the O-line this season and
Offensive Line: This unit needed to be the most improved and from the looks of things by mid just may be. With the hiring of Bill Callahan as the new offensive line coach seems to be paying dividends already. The addition of a 6 ft 5 inch 319 lbs rookie Brandon Scherff at right guard doesn't hurt either. With Brandon at RG and Morgan Moses at RT there should be holes open on the right side and left this year. As long as everyone stays healthy and they continue to mess as a unit this could become a very physical mauling line. Better protection, better running game equals better offense as a whole. Trent Williams has lost 30 lbs. and looks like he's ready to have another pro bowl type season.

Defensive Line: This line has also gotten younger, bigger and more physical from last year. the same goes for this line that said for the O-line. The defense will only be as good as this unit. With two new pieces on the D-line this preseason is gonna be vital for them to mesh and gain chemistry. I saw some good penetration, holding of point of attack and a more aggressive pass rush. If they can learn each others tendencies and use it to their advantage...well as Terrance "Pot Roast" Knighton said " We're gonna be the hammer and not the nail". I love that saying. Very real and true statement. In order for this team to become better we have to force the action instead of always reacting.

Perry Riley Jr. is a consistent player but for this defense to be
as effective as possible plays need to be made and he just hasn't
made any yet.

Linebacker: To me this position has gotten upgraded the most with the additions of  Junior Galette, Rick Jean Francois and the rookie Preston Smith. I feel comfortable saying that we should be able to get better constant and steady pressure on opposing QBs. I love Perry Riley Jr. but he has limited ball skills and rarely makes a game changing play, if ever. I love Will Compton's motor, skills and heart. I believe if he gets another opportunity to start at ILB in 2015 I don't think he'll be coming out again.  This unit looked solid for the most part at getting pressure, setting the edge and stopping the run which are keys to success in the NFL.

Secondary: With the back end of the defense so banged up (as of today 5:20 pm 8/16/15) DeAngelo Hall went down at practice again. It's hard to even give an effective observation with all the changes. They even have a WR Quinton Dunbar playing CB and he actually did ok. He did get beat on a slant route for a first down but that just tells you how thin we are right now. Once everything and everybody works itself out this whole defense could and should be much improved this year as opposed to last. As of right now the safety position is set at one spot, Dashon Goldston seems to have taken the lead in the competition. He has good ballhawking skills and loves to hit. He has a nasty streak and that is something this defense/team desperately needs.

   As always thanks for reading and stay tuned for more articles, game recaps and insights on the Redskins. You can follow me on Twitter @TattooedScorpio or friend request me on Facebook @ PorterIII. Always love talking football with the best fans in the world. HTTR

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